After a long, cold winter many of us need to lose a few pounds to get ready for the fast approaching bikini season. We know that dairy, carbs and sugar make us gain weight. But we need something naughty to look forward to and fantasize on… Personally, I am unable to crack my sweet tooth. I wanted something to replace my winter German Chocolate Cake obsession with that would give me multiple benefits. I finally hit upon it.
Springtime is here! The tulips and cherry blossoms are out in force along with the snails who accompany those regular spring showers… But along with the flowers comes that inevitable itch to rid the house of those winter dust balls hidden behind the couch and the ancient fingerprints that patchwork the windows and light switches.
Ah – the joy of spring cleaning! (Grrr) I spent all of yesterday in my underwear cleaning furiously while blasting Kylie Minogue’s Fever album. Unfortunately, I am more of a seasonal scrubber since I have far too little time to make a day-to-day art of it. But, as I cleaned I had to ask myself, wouldn’t this have been less work if I had been more organized?
The same philosophy applies to the cleaning of one’s body. In an age where we are under many pressures and combining a busy work and home life, it is easy to be careless about our eating habits. Under pressure we may munch on acid forming foods or drinks throughout the day or drink too much coffee or exercise less. These habits create stress on the body’s ability to detoxify itself making it more acidic and inflamed. Poor detoxification can lead to aging, cancer, diabetes, weight gain and even (as epigenetics tell us) worse genes for our future offspring.
However, with a little organization and discipline, your body actually detoxes itself. Yep. As the wonderful Dr. Alejandro Junger says in his book Clean:
“When the digestive tract isn’t constantly needing to work to process food, the body can direct energy towards detox and repair. Making sure your meals are full of fat and protein keeps you from needing to constantly graze and keeps blood sugar levels stable. It also allows the body to go into fat-burning mode more easily, which releases more stubborn toxins stored in fat cells.” Continue reading
I went through a rough patch recently and like a typical American I reached for some self-help. I grappled with books on Buddhism, spirituality, religion, mysticism, Deepak Chopra (my favorite man and curiously, endlessly prolific), Eckhart Tolle, Pema Chodron etc. I underlined, highlighted, took notes, meditated and did a lot of yoga. But one of the best summer-uppers I found on how to feel peaceful was in a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer – a biggie in the world of self-development.
This site is about anti-aging and health but I realize I have largely overlooked the arena of mental health and spirituality which has a significant impact on how we age and evolve. If we are stressed and angry we age more quickly, become sick and can be infertile. In life, we are taught to buy expensive creams, cars, clothes and go to the gym to look good but we have overlooked training our minds. We can all be sorcerers, witches, and deities if we learn to control our thoughts and direct them. We can re-vitalize our bodies and our health with our mind. You must think of your mind as a muscle you must learn to flex daily in new directions for rejuvenation and peace.
I am happy I read all of those books because I will now consciously try to teach my child how to think and to be aware of the words which she chooses .. I am still quite overwhelmed by all that I am learning so I thought I would let Dr. Wayne Dyer talk to you directly through my notes on his book. I read these every morning and try very hard to stick to them though I am still re-booting my hard-drive from its deeply ingrained foundation! Continue reading
I found the below article on Shape mag and thought it worth passing along:
You probably know which foods are rich in vitamin C, calcium, and even iron, but what about zinc? According to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, this key mineral should be at the top of your mind. Continue reading
An alkaline diet may lower your risk of exhaustion, premature aging, sickness, allergies, muscle aches, joint pain and osteoporosis. A study published in 1994 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who neutralized their body’s acidic state with an alkalizing agent absorbed calcium and phosphorous better and increased the rate their bodies formed new bone matter. Continue reading
Given my hereditary vanity and my playgirl lifestyle, I was compelled – out of sheer preservationary panic – to extensively research anti-aging methods. This research led to a hardy consumption of resources relating to hormones.
Hormones are the chemical messengers that keep our body in balance. They control pretty much every system in our body including our reproductive system, our metabolic processes, our immunity, our digestion, our ability to regenerate and the speed at which we age. Continue reading